Sri Ramana Maharshi
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"As a young man of 17, in South India, he suddenly had an overwhelming sense of imminent death. So sure was he that he was about to die that he simply lay down and relaxed into the inevitable. Holding still as a corpse and holding his breath, as though already dead, he inquired into 'who' it was that died. What he realized was that the 'I', the awareness itself didn't die. This was not just an insight, but a deep and permanent awakening to his eternal Self. A few weeks later he traveled to Arunachala Hill, an ancient sacred site, where he spent the next 50 years teaching others of this Self, and giving the silent transmission of awakened consciousness until his death in 1950."



Wonderful Video Biography of Ramana Maharshi - 1 hr 13 min


Sri Ramanashram Site
Site run by the ashram where Ramana Maharshi lived in Tiruvanamalai, India.

Society of Abidance in Truth
Another nice Ramana Maharshi site

The Jnana Yoga of Sri Ramana Maharshi
Essay on Ramana Maharshi

     Thoughts On Ramana
by Premananda

Spiritual Teachings of Ramana Maharshi

"Who Am I"
A book by Sri Ramana Maharshi
Self Enquiry
by Ramana Maharshi, translated by Dr T. M. P. Mahadevan

The Forty Verses on Reality
by Ramana Maharshi

Spiritual Instruction
of Sri Ramana Maharshi
Bhagavan Ramana
Excellent biography by Dr T. M. P. Mahadevan

Ramana Maharshi Booklist
Contains extracts from several books.



'Annamalai Swami was not the only one puzzled by Bhagavan's statements to the effect that silence is the equivalent of ceaseless speech and ceaseless work. Once he gave another devotee a similar answer asthat which he gave Annamalai Swami who began complaining to him, "I do not know where this 'I' is."

Bhagavan answered him saying: "Be where the 'I' is." The following day the same man told Bhagavan, "I don't know whether to go back to my village and do my work or just keep quiet."

Bhagavan said, "Eating, bathing, going to the toilet, talking, thinking, and many other activites related to the body are all work. How is it that the performance of one particular act is alone (considered) work? To be still is to be always engaged in work. To be silent is to be always talking."'

From "Living by the Words of Bhagavan,"  Annamalai Swami

Messages from AHAM
Some messages from The Association of Happiness for All Mankind

Some information on Bhagavan
Some information, a story and a dialog

Excellent Booklist
This booklist has many quotes and excerpts you can read

"The spirit of harmlessness that permeated the sage and his environs made even animals and birds make friends with him. He showed them the same consideration that he did to the humans that went to him. When he referred to any of them, he used the form 'he' or 'she' and not 'it'. Birds and squirrels built their nests around him. Cows, dogs and monkeys found asylum in the Asrama. All of them behaved intelligently - especially the cow Laksmi. He knew their ways quite intimately. He would see to it that they were fed properly and well. And, when any of them died, the body would be buried with due ceremony."

from "Bhagavan Ramana" by T. M. P. MAHADEVAN


A page about Ramana
from Zentrum Publishing's

A gentleman from Kashmir came to the Ashram with his servant who could not speak a word of any other language except his native Kashmiri. One night when the Hall was almost dark except for the pale glimmer of a single hurricane lantern, the servant came into the Hall and stood before Bhagavan in a respectful manner jabbering something rapidly in his own language. Bhagavan said nothing, but lay quietly gazing at him. After a while the servant saluted and left the Hall. Next morning his master came to Bhagavan and complained. "Bhagavan, you never told me you could speak Kashmiri, was it fair?''

'Why, what do you mean?'' asked Bhagavan. "I know not a single word of your language.''

Bhagavan asked the gentleman how he had got hold of this absurd idea and the latter explained:

"Last night my servant came to you and asked you several questions in his language. He tells me that you answered him in the same language and cleared his doubts.''

"But I never opened my mouth.'' Bhagavan replied.

from "A Sadhu's Reminiscences" by Sadhu Arunachala

  Some Reminiscences of Ramana

Ramana Maharshi at Amazon
books by and about Ramana Maharshi


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The Preservation of Arunachala
The situation regarding preserving the mountain as a sacred center

'Who ever knew that this boy would become a saint some day? But many of the important events in life come about by chance. Venkataramana became a saint. How did it come about?

When the boy was sixteen years old, one day a guest came to the house of Subba lyer. He was asked where he came from. He replied, "From Arunachala." The word attracted Venkataramana's curiosity. He asked: "Was it from Arunachala you came? Where is it?" The guest replied: Tiruvannamalai itself is Arunachala."

Something attracted the boy. He made up his mind then and there that he should visit Arunachala once.'

Some scenes of Tiruvanamalai and Arunachala hill.

    Shanti arunachala cleaning project  

Contains order instructions for free book "Thus Spake Ramana"
You can also get on a list for a daily email message from Ramana's works.

Arunachala Greening

Australian woman Apeetha Arunagiri lived in India for 30 years near the temple town of Tiruvanamalai in Tamil Nadu. Initially drawn there as a devotee of Ramana Maheshi, she stayed and was instrumental in forming the Annamalai Reforestation Society dedicated to replanting the sacred mountain Arunachala. This is her story and the story of the Arunachala Village Forest Plantation, a small scale village-based group which she also formed.



Ramana Maharshi & other masters
Nice page with various masters

A Journey to Arunachala

Photo restoration project

The wonderful work this group is doing, digitizing and restoring photos of the great Indian sage Sri Ramana Maharshi, has been a great inspiration to our own work here at the Prahlad Foundation. Many wonderful pictures available!